Maywood Old Timers Picnic Turns 20 | Summer Meals Off to Hot Start

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Merque Polk, 93, enjoys an Old Timers Picnic held in 2014. The event will be held this year on Aug. 20. | File

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR ||@maywoodnews || @village_free

This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of the annual Maywood Old Timers Picnic, one of Maywood’s most anticipated community-wide events that was started as a way to reconnect the village’s present with its past.

“I was running into people at funerals and visitations I hadn’t seen in years and we would sit and talk,” said Marilynn Jefferson, a longtime Maywoodian, now retired and living in Georgia, who helped establish the first Old Timers Picnic.

“I finally said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice where we had time we could all be together and it would not be a sad occasion?'” Jefferson reminisced during an interview at last year’s event.

Since its founding, the event has become a source of history for those interested in mining the village’s rich past.

This year, the picnic will be held on Aug. 20 at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Ave. and Fred Hampton Way (or Oak St.).

Bring your family and friends. There will be food, fun and entertainment. For more information, call (708) 740-0747. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through.

Summer Free Meals Kickoff a Success 

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Volunteers, including village liquor commissioner Dr. Mary “May” Larry, help serve free food and other resources at the annual Free Summer Meals Kickoff, hosted by Nathan Lee, of Nate Comic, Inc. | Below: Lee, second from right, with several volunteers and event organizers.

Summer Meals Kickoff IIAn annual Free Summer Meals Kickoff, hosted each year by Nathan Lee, was held on Monday at 300 Oak St. in Maywood. It was a rousing success, said its organizers.

The event featured free food, music and a big game truck, among other forms of entertainment. The Maywood-based radio station Smooth Jazz WGSJBC 90.5 FM Radio was also on the scene.

The kickoff also marks the beginning of PLCCA’s Summer Food Service Program, which administers free breakfasts and lunches to youths ages 1 to 18 years old. See more information on this free service below. VFP


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